Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is 97 000 hectares in extent and consists of two distinct areas namely northern Hluhluwe section and the southern iMfolozi section. To fully appreciate the whole area one would need a a full day to explore the Park. This can either be done as a self drive (in your own vehicle without a guide) or with a professional Safari operator in an open game viewing vehicle.
Professional Safaris can be arranged pritor to arrival for half day and full day safari’s. Memorial Gate is the entrance to the Hluhluwe section and this gate is a 20 minute drive (+- 30km’s) from the lodge. You will drive yourself to Memorial Gate in your own car where your guide will be waiting for you. There is secure parking and toilet facilities at Memorial Gate. Your guide will drop you back at the gate after your safari.
Once in the Park there is ample opportunity to sight a variety of game species in this well populated Big 5 game park. The Hluhluwe section is in the region of 40 000 hectares and is home to the highest concentration of Rhino in Africa. The iMfolozi section of the reserve is a must see but will require a full day Safari to explore comfortably. Full day safaris in an open vehicle can be quite challenging from the point of view that one spends up to 6 hours open to the elements (wind, sun and heat) and this can be difficult to bare for some people.
The 3 hour trips are most popular and are conducted at the most productive times of the day which are the early mornings and evenings. Imfolozi offers a better chance of seeing Lion especially on the Sontuli Loop road and like Hluhluwe it has breathtaking views from some of the higher areas and is better suited to a self drive given the distance from the lodge.
A trip to iMfolozi is best conducted for a full day, departing early and returning late evening. There are no restaurant facilities in the iMfolozi section of the park so it is reccomended that guests order a picnic lunch from the lodge. There are some wonderful picnic spots to safely enjoy lunch within the park, only one must be careful of the ever present and opportunistic Vervet monkeys who given the chance will enjoy your picnic before you do if given half a chance!
Hluhluwe River Lodge